21 March 2021
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
4 November 2020 – 21 March 2021
For our Winter season, we are pleased to present Belonging, a sculptural installation by Hampshire-based artist Deborah Davies. We are grateful to Emma Verey for her permission to install the work in the Emma Verey Tree onsite.
Dd is a conceptual artist. She trained for her BA (Hons) in Photography before completing an MA in Fine Art at UCA Farnham, graduating with a distinction in 2018. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Dd has undertaken residencies at University of London's, The Centre for Creative Collaboration, UCA Farnham, and at Millfield School. She works in a variety of media, from bronze, plaster, textiles and wood to less traditional materials, including found objects, sawdust, plastics and acrylics, and often incorporates elements of technology in her works. Dd's practice looks at injustice and the role that power plays in society, in an exploration of social and political transparency and empowerment. Her works are often interactive, with each work reflecting on the spaces or communities they inhabit.
Belonging is a large-scale sculptural installation woven in willow. It was previously exhibited as part of Heathlands Artswork at RSPB Farnham Heath, Surrey (2020) and will be shown at The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Spring 2021.
Belonging is about displacement, the desire to fit in and the prejudice born out of classification. The willow balls are distinctly different from the nature they find themselves amongst. For protection, they swarm and huddle together. Their attempt is to settle into the landscape, however there is a tension and an awareness that they don't quite belong. They belong to nature, but not to the nature surrounding them.
The piece can be interpreted as a comment on the differences people see in each other, differences that can lead to feelings of not fitting in, of not quite belonging at all. The work acts as an exploration of boundaries, of category, inclusion and acceptance.
Deborah Davies –